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Posted inEducation

Last-in, first-out teacher layoff system can be changed this year

(Alex Johnston is chief executive officer of the school reform organization ConnCAN.) Gov. Malloy reassured many folks by promising not to cut state education funding, but many districts will still have to cut spending. Over the past couple of years, a number of districts have plugged budget holes with special funds, received directly from the […]

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Early childhood department needed to attack achievement gap

Connecticut, we have a problem. We’re no longer leading our nation in educational achievement, and the source of this problem begins early. Too many of our children arrive at the kindergarten door unprepared. In 2009, 67.7% of kindergarteners from poor school districts had a preschool experience, compared with 95.9% from wealthier districts. Is it any […]

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Immediate action needed on education reform

Governor Malloy showed significant leadership during his budget address yesterday by calling for change in two critical areas where Connecticut desperately needs it: giving districts flexibility to ensure that only the best teachers remain in classrooms and overhauling the school finance system. Governor Malloy signaled his commitment to public education as the key not only […]